News: President Obama's Off The Record Remarks Leak Online "[Kanye's] A Jack*ss"

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009 6:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

President Barack Obama's off-the-record comments on Kanye West's Video Music Awards rant have landed online with the unauthorized release of an audio clip.

The leaked audio shows Obama playfull taking Taylor Swift's side and saying Ye should have not gotten on the stage.

"I thought that was really inappropriate! You know? It's like, she's getting an award--what are you butting in? I hear you. I agree with you. The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She's getting her award. What's he doing up there? He's a jacka**. Now, now, all this stuff, I'm assuming all this stuff [laughs] come on guys, cut the president some slack. I got a lot of other stuff on my plate..." (YouTube)

Yeezy previously displayed his support for Obama by performing at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

This year?s (08) Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado will have an urban feel to it ? Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Wyclef Jean have been booked to perform. Kanye West will play the Democratic National Convention in August. The hip-hop star will be joined by N.E.R.D and Wyclef Jean at the event, which is part of Barack Obama?s campaign to become the American President. (Sponkit)

There were initial reports which claimed President Barack Obama weighed in on Ye's rant last night.

During a CNBC interview on Monday, President Obama called hip-hop artist Kanye West a 'jacka**' over his behavior at the MTV Video Music Awards. Obama's colorful remark was actually made in an off-the-record portion of the interview that was tweeted -- and then deleted -- by ABC News reporter Terry Moran. 'Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a 'jacka**' for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT'S presidential,' Moran wrote. Politico's Michael Calderone has ABC's statement apologizing for Moran's journalistic breach. (Miss Info)

Yeezy reportedly spoke with Swift following the country singer's "The View" appearance this morning.

Representatives from "The View" said West called Swift after her appearance on today's show, and she accepted his apology. Swift later told ABC News Radio, "Kanye did call me and he was very sincere in his apology, and I accepted that apology." (ABC News)

Check out President Barack Obama's remarks below:

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